In early July, JFBConnect v6.1 was released, which added Instagram, Github and VK authentication and profile integration for Joomla, along with the new social streams and other features. Just 2 short months later, there's another release right around the corner.
JFBConnect v6.2 is scheduled for release in late September, and we wanted to give you a preview of what to expect. We've been working on hard on some highly requested features, new providers, new widgets and performance improvements. There's something here for everyone, so lets get started!
UPDATE: JFBConnect v6.2 was released in early October, 2014.
JFBConnect v6.1, the Joomla social networking extension, is available now with a new social stream feature to show posts from a Facebook Group or Page, Twitter Stream, or LinkedIn Company in a fully customizable stream on your Joomla site. Oh yeah, Instagram, GitHub and VK authentication and profile import as well as dozens of other features and improvements are included. Read on to find out more about this huge release.
Social meta tags are one of the hardest things to grasp for website owners. They're not only difficult to understand and set, it can also be difficult to test social meta tags.
Just like the title and description of your site, social meta tags they are hidden pieces of text on your page that will guide the social networks in how your site, and brand, should be represented in status updates, news feed posts and other social channels. When they aren't set, you're leaving your first impressions to thousands of perspective users in the hands of what Facebook, Twitter, Google and other social networks 'think' is the best way to represent your content.
Learn more about the social meta tags you need to know about, how to set them, and how to verify them before sharing your content.
On May 1st, Facebook made a sweeping change to their programming interface. While there are many positives in this update, like longer-term stability, there were many surprises and changes that will affect your Joomla websites. If you're using JFBConnect for Joomla social network integration, you don't need to know the low-level details, but you should be aware of the bigger picture of how each change may impact you. We've broken them down into the standard good, bad, and ugly categories below to make things easier to digest.
LinkedIn has recently updated their application requirements and needs additional information about your site if you are using the authentication features of JFBConnect for Joomla social networking. The JFBConnect - LinkedIn Application setup guide has already been updated with these new settings. However, if you configured your application before the last few weeks, it's likely your Application is incorrect and LinkedIn authentication may break in the future. Please take the time to follow the steps below to verify your LinkedIn Application settings and ensure authentication using JFBConnect will continue to operate smoothly.
We've been using Mailchimp for our newsletters over the past few years and have been very happy with the features, but not so much the price. We recently switched to Sendy, the self-hosted newsletter suite, and have been extremely happy with the results. So much so that we released the only Sendy integration extension for Joomla. Read on to learn more about Sendy and our free integration package.
On April 1st, we sat down in front of our computers and had a great surprise: JFBConnect had a full review in the Joomla Community Magazine.. and it wasn't an April Fool's Joke! We overwhelmed that Mike Veeckmans from Joombiz, whose chosen to review other popular extensions, selected JFBConnect for this month's review.
We're excited to introduce you to your new Joomla social network marketing platform, JFBConnect v6.0. This release culminates almost a year of planning and development to join our flagship products JLinked and JFBConnect together; add Joomla social network posting features for Facebook Pages & Groups, Twitter Streams and LinkedIn Company Pages,; Twitter Card integration; easier diagnosis of common integration mistakes; a unified Joomla 2.5 / 3.x installer and big speed improvements. It's big, and your site should be using it.
Joomla 3.2 brought the awesome addition of two-factor authentication to the login process. However, we've had multiple requests to only show the secret key field for users who have the improved security enabled. Our latest version of SCLogin, the improved Joomla login module, reduces the confusion from the extra field by only showing the secret key field to users who have enabled two-factor authentication. Read on for a quick video demonstration of the new feature and more information about our free SCLogin module and how it can improve your login experience.
We're big fans of StackIdeas products around here, and have been very excited about their new social network suite, EasySocial. With our v5.2 release of JFBConnect, we added initial support for EasySocial and have been overwhelmed by the response from our users on the features available, and what they want to see next. We just created a new demo video and features page to show off our integration.
Interested in the 4 minute video tour or more information on current integration capabilities, like Facebook, Google and Twitter authentication in EasySocial as well as future plans? Then read on.
We just pushed out v5.2.1 of JFBConnect. This is a minor release, but has over a dozen fixes for issues that have cropped up since the v5.2.0 release, which included Joomla Twitter Authentication, EasySocial social network integration, new registration flows and other features.
The biggest fix in this release is an update to the Autotune configuration tool, which broke due to changes that Facebook implemented on November 13th. Most other issues are cosmetic (alignment issues, Twitter's custom image option in the SCLogin module didn't work, etc). There are no security or major issues fixed in this release, but it's always recommended to upgrade to ensure you have the most solid version we offer.